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#Education21 - 21 examples of how educational research helps and why it matters

Our #Education21 campaign highlights how educational research has helped us to better understand the needs of young people with Down syndrome and how it is improving outcomes for many thousands of children today.

Read 21 examples of how educational research helps and why it matters:

  1. Signing improves early vocabulary learning and communication
  2. Verbal short term memory presents specific difficulties
  3. Reading can be a strength and support learning and language
  4. Learning to talk is a particular challenge
  5. Not global delay, but a profile of strengths and weaknesses
  6. Inclusive education can provide better language and academic outcomes
  7. Social strengths offer advantages, but not always
  8. Developing clear speech is a particular challenge
  9. Learning about numbers is difficult
  10. Autism in Down syndrome is not typical autism
  11. Children with Down syndrome can be as motivated as other children
  12. Different early interventions have different outcomes: Responsive Teaching
  13. Behavioural approaches in early intervention
  14. Training attention skills may improve later learning outcomes
  15. The intensity of interventions matters - but how much?
  16. Sleep problems are common and impact learning, development, health and family life
  17. People with Down syndrome may see the world differently
  18. Hearing loss is common and impacts speech and language development
  19. Motor development matters for cognition, language and social development
  20. Executive functions influence most daily activities
  21. Play provides important foundations for social competence
A photograph of a boy with Down syndrome counting objects